The Coffea arabica coffee plant varietal Geisha (Coffea arabica var. geisha) has won numerous coffee tasting awards in recent years, creating a high demand for the coffee at auctions.
Panama Geisha Coffee Growing Region
Panama Geisha is grown in the highlands of the Boquete region in the Chiriqui Province of western Panama. The particular coffee that won these awards was Esmerelda Special grown by the farm Hacienda La Esmerelda where elevations are from 1,450 to 1,700 meters above sea level (qualifying as Strictly Hard Bean (SHB)) on the slopes of Volcan Baru.
Distinguishing Characteristics of Panama Geisha Coffee
Geisha coffee plants are known for their elongated fruits, or coffee cherry, and the Geisha coffee is distinguished for its light body with honey and citrus flavors that provide an outstanding taste profile and cup character.
Geisha coffee exhibits a subdued yet intense floral and jasmine-like aroma and a distinct though delicate acidity, balanced and bright with shimmers of white wine and notes of berries, mango, papaya, and mandarin oranges. The long aftertaste/finish provides distinct bergamot-like notes.
Origins of the Geisha Coffee Plant Varietal
The Geisha varietal was first discovered in Abyssinia in southwest Ethiopia in 1931, and was first brought to Panama from Costa Rica in 1963.
Panama Geisha Coffee and Espresso Brewing Tips
For tips on brewing the perfect cup of Panama Geisha coffee see our section on Coffee Brewing. We also provide detailed coffee flavor profiles of Gourmet Coffees and instructions on preparing Espresso Drink Recipes.